Notes From This Month’s Discover Burien Meeting
by Janet Grella
Discover Burien, a local non-profit organized seven years ago to address all things about Burien businesses, has a monthly board meeting the second Wednesday of every month. It is in these meetings that Board members, comprised of individuals from local businesses address the issues of, well, Burien businesses.
From my seat in what I’ve long referred to as “the peanut gallery” (any resident or business in Burien are not only invited to attend, but comment from the gallery) I announced the B-Town’s Blog intention to report things big and small from this meeting.
Last night’s meeting was especially rewarding to this reporter as I got my first view from the new meeting room high above Burien on the third floor of the new city hall. I also learned that all the systems in city hall are run by computer, except for the meeting room, which has a few light switches. Good thing too, as the meeting went into twilight and then night as we all hashed-out challenges and opportunities in our fair city.
As a long-time member of the “peanut gallery” (and yes, I am still a card carrying-member of the Howdy Doody Club), I’ve always looked forward to the City Manager’s report. Last night it was issued by Dick Lohman, Burien’s own Economic Development Director. Here’s a few things he reported:
- Effective July 1 the Burien Parks Dept. will take over management of the former Library. It will be remodeled to contain a new Senior Center as well as housing Parks Department. Both are currently housed at the Community Center on 4th Ave.
- The Burien City Council has passed a Special Events Ordinance which will create a uniformed procedure for all special events. Burien’s city attorney studied 10 cities to understand what their ordinances contain. The city is beginning to work on special events applications which should be availabe in the next 90 days, or so.
- Speaking of special events, noting the number of medical and alternative medical businesses in Burien, the city will be hosting a Wellness fair on 5th Ave. in Town Square Park on September 19th. The city is in the process of inviting over 50 medical related businesses to the fair.
- Our new city hall’s big move went without a hitch.
- And finally, with all the events planned on Saturday June 13th, the long-awaited “Water Feature” at Town Square Plaza will not be operational as they are still waiting fo essential parts to make it work.
Patty Sader, Executive Director of Discover Burien, reported a few things BTB readers should know:
- Discover Burien is still seeking volunteers for the big event this weekend at Town Square’s grand opening. If you can help, call Patty at 433-2882.
- The next business seminar “Identifying Customers You Want” will be held at Cox Financial on June 24th. These valuable and highly attended seminars have been invaluable to businesses who attend. Seating is limited. To secure you seat, click here.
- The Art in Empty Storefronts has their first empty storefront in Jordstads Jewelry on 152nd. The purpose is to dress up the empty storefronts throughout Burien with local artist’s offerings. The first artist posted will be Mark Eaton who has been displaying his artwork at Vino Bello.
Event-wise, Debra George, Discover Burien’s Event Manager had a few announcements:
- Town Square Plaza, City Hall and Library Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening this Saturday: The first 600 people to visit the Discover Burien tent will receive a “sling” bag stuffed with water (courtesty of Prudential Northwest Realty) and a coupon book chock full of Burien deals from 42 businesses.
- Burien Farmer’s Market is moving to Town Square Plaza on July 2nd (it’s still on 10th Ave in front of BTB world headquarters). Currently there’s 40 vendors and there’s room for 10-15 more stalls on 5th Ave. BTB will be stationed near the entertainment where we’ll share the electricity.
- Father’s Day Car Show:Â To date there’s 53 cars registered and four chili cook-off entrants. If you have a great chili recipe and want to win $250, a ‘traveling trophy’ and serve your chili up to at least 500 people, call Debra at (206) 941-7199. The Highline Boosters will also be having their “Hold ’em for Highline” Texas Hold’em fundraiser event. For more information stop by BTB booth at the Farmers Market this afternoon to register or watch ’em play.